Tobacco free policy will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013 at ECC

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At their October meeting, ECC trustees received an update on the tobacco free policy which will go into effect January 1, 2013.

Cookie Hays, vice president of student development, and Judy Bieker, associate professor of nursing, are co-chairing the committee charged with implementing the new policy.

Hays said the support from student organizations has been encouraging.  “Our information campaign included articles in the student newspaper, signs posted on the main campus and satellite locations and details outlined through emails, handbooks, orientation sessions, the college website and social media,” noted Hays.

Local physicians have presented smoking-cessation training to students and staff at the Union campus.  Bieker stated that a Freedom from Smoking program will be introduced October 17 at no cost to students and activities are planned November 15 in connection with the Great American Smoke Out.

Student violations of the new policy will be handled through the student conduct policy.  Supervisors will handle violations by their employees through board policy.

ECC’s new policy states that usage of all tobacco products will be prohibited on all properties owned or leased by the College, including facilities, buildings, parking lots, athletic fields and common areas. The term “tobacco products” shall include eCigarettes, hookah and such other smoking-related substances and products as the College chooses to prohibit. The policy will apply to all faculty, staff, students, employees, contractors, performers and visitors.